Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Faculty Profiles

Sam Morgan

Sam Morgan, Department Chair

  • BFA Studio Arts, U Colorado Boulder - CO 1993
  • MFA Ceramics, Alfred U - NY 1996

Elizabeth Bilyeu

Elizabeth Bilyeu teaches the Modern Art History sequence, the Honors History of Western Art sequence, the Introduction to Art sequence, and Women in Art at Cascade Campus. She often asks students to venture out of the classroom to apply their skills critiquing art and architecture. She says, "along with the history, I focus on practicing with students the language of art -- skills of visual analysis. This gives them confidence in front of original works of art. It is there face-to-face with the work that you best learn to look at, think about, and discuss art." Elizabeth earned an MA in Art History from Washington University, St. Louis, and an MA in Feminism and the Visual Arts from the University of Leeds in England. In Fall term 2009, she taught in the Study Abroad Program in Florence, Italy.
Jacqueline Ehlis

Jacqueline Ehlis

Central to Jacqueline Ehlis' teaching philosophy is that the experience of making art as a practice within an aesthetic context contributes to the invaluable effort to put the individual in possession of all of one's powers. Ehlis believes in the worth and creative power of any individual. Jacqueline Ehlis received her M.F.A. at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; her B.F.A. at Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, Oregon; and her A.A. at Portland Community College. Selected solo exhibitions include; Couture, Stipend Exhibition Award, New American Art Union, Portland, Oregon, Juror: Ruth Ann Brown and selected group exhibitions; Las Vegas Diaspora, Las Vegas Art Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada, Curator: Dave Hickey.
karen esler

Karen Esler Taylor

Karen Esler Taylor is an MFA graduate of Vermont College with a focus on painting and critical studies. She teaches painting, life painting and life drawing. Her professional art practice is primarily two dimensional, painting and drawing, figurative and landscapes. Her work is shown in Portland, Oregon, at Augen Gallery.
Marlana Stoddard Hayes

Marlana Stoddard Hayes

Teaching Philosophy: As an artist I have always been interested in making work that is thoughtful, generous and organic in quality (meaning growth over time)…also accessible to most people and hopefully, beautiful. As an art instructor, I also hold to these beliefs and strive to embody them in my manner as a teacher and mentor to aspiring artists.

Since all of us come from different perspectives and life experiences, I do wait for each person to tell some of who they are before I make suggestions for growth or change. My manner is gentle and quietly persuasive, but mature in focus and honed through years of practice. I feel it is my privilege to help a person unfold in their artistic search and sincerely look forward to every single class I teach; to learn and know about the many varied people in our world. Since I am very interested and concerned about the natural world and its challenges and sensitivities, I do use materials that are from nature as source materials for drawings and paintings and for course problems.

James R. White

Raised and educated in the Pacific Northwest, Jim completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Comparative Religion at the University Of Puget Sound in Tacoma Washington. After a year of teaching English in Tokyo, Japan he returned to UPS and finished a second undergraduate degree in studio art. After receiving his MFA degree in ceramics and ceramic sculpture from the School for American Crafts at the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1997, he traveled to Kanazawa, Japan and had the distinction of being the first American apprentice at the pottery studio of Chozaemon Ohi, a family renowned over 11 generations for their production of ceramic vessels used in the Japanese Tea ceremony. From 2000-2009 he was a full time faculty member teaching ceramics and design courses at Joliet Junior College in Joliet, Illinois. In 2009 he and his family relocated back to Portland where he is an adjunct instructor of ceramics at Portland Community College and works as a studio artist. He is a nationally and internationally exhibited artist.